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Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Posted on: February 4, 2012 6:39 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2012 12:02 pm
Your 2012 NFL MVP is Rodgers. (Ryan Wilson,
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Aaron Rodgers won the 2012 NFL MVP Award on Saturday night with Peyton Manning presenting him the hardware at the first-ever NFL Honors awards in Indy, the night before the Super Bowl.

"Looking forward to seeing you on the field again," Rodgers said as Peyton walked off the stage, before thanking his teammates and fans.

Rodgers was in a close race with Drew Brees for MVP late in the season but blew away the Saints quarterback in the voting, as he received 48 of a possible 50 first-place votes.

Brees got the consolation prize of winning the AP Offensive Player of the Year Award on Saturday night in a season where he broke Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a single season, throwing for 5,676 yards and a record-setting 468 completions. Brees received 43 votes for the award.

"Some pretty remarkable things happened that we were all lucky to be a part of," Brees said, reminiscing about his season. "The older you get the more you appreciate the opportunities and the moments."

The Ravens Terrell Suggs landed the award for Defensive Player of the Year Suggs, also known as T-Sizzle, delivered the funniest line of the night during his acceptance speech.

"I want to thank my parents for deciding to go through with it," Suggs said.
Newton is the NFL's rookie of the year. (Ryan Wilson,

Cam Newton, the Panthers star quarterback, was the first award-winner at the first-ever NFL Honors ceremony, netting the AP Rookie of the Year Award in Indianapolis at the Super Bowl. He also won the Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award, voted on by fans. Broncos linebacker Von Miller won the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Newton received 47 of 50 votes from AP voters; Miller received 39 of 50 possible votes. Andy Dalton and Aldon Smith were the respective runner-ups.

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"Even with the lockout, that still didn't stop my process for preparing for the NFL," Newton said. "Whether it with Chris Weinke, George Whitfield, IMG -- everyone had a major role in the success I had this year."

Miller recorded 11.5 sacks with the Broncos and helped lead them to a shocking AFC West division title. Newton broke a number of different records, throwing for the most passing yards (4,051) by a rookie in NFL history, breaking the mark that Peyton Manning set in 1998. Newton also set the record for most rushing touchdowns by any quarterback, scoring 14 times on the ground.

Jim Harbaugh led the 49ers to a 13-3 record and garnered 45 of 50 votes for the AP Coach of the Year Award. Mike McCarthy netted three votes and Denver's John Fox received two.

Matthew Stafford received 21 of 50 votes in winning the AP Comeback Player of the Year Award. The presumed favorite, Alex Smith, only finished third.

Ravens center Matt Birk was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year.

"This award is not about the recipient, but rather a celebration of the decades-long tradition of NFL players using their unique platform to touch lives and make a positive impact in the communities in which they work and live," Birk said.

He wouldn't comment on whether or not he would return to play again in 2012.

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 12:03 pm

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

Well as a fellow Packer fan I disagree.  Not for the reason you've stated but because I think Rodgers is a better QB.  The award, in my opinion, isn't for the person more important to their team but for the "MOST VALUABLE PLAYER" period.  That means the best in the league.  It has nothing to do with the supporting cast.
I could see a great QB or RB, or even WR for that matter winning this award on a team that misses the playoffs and flat out sucks.
Head to head I think Rodgers outperformed Brees all year.  And if you switch QB's (put Brees in GB and Rodgers in NO) I think Rodgers still outperforms Brees.
Look at how many dropped balls Rodgers had to deal with.  Look how many more passes Brees threw.  Look how many more minutes Brees played than Rodgers.
If all the other stats were equalled then Rodgers would have more passing yards than Brees this year.
Brees comes in a close second but Rodgers is easily the better QB.  This year at least.

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:55 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

OK- I'm a PACKERS Fan --- and I Do NOT agree with the MVP Winner --- RODGERS is a GREAT QB ( YES ) --- he is VERY VALUABLE to his Team ( YES ) --- But I think the PACKERS could still be a Wild-Card Team ( 10-6 ) without him ... Whereas, If u removed DREW BREES from Da' SAINTS ... they will miss the Playoffs - BADLY ( 4-12, 5-11 ) ie: DREW BREES deserve the "MVP" ( in MY opinion ) as he is "more" VALUABLE to his team's success ( in W's ) 

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:33 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

The Cam haters just can't help themselves.  The kid's done everything imaginable to prove he's a stud and the haters just keep hatin'.  I think it's just sour grapes from a bunch of armchair QBs.  He's awesome and 98% of the world knows it.  You boys just keep on being bitter :)

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:33 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

i agree that two different awards makes no sense... it would be the equivelent of let's say if  roy halladay won the mvp and another pitcher won the cy young..and don't give me that blagooey about one might be more of a leader..based on what ?...just another watered down awards presentation...

Since: Feb 5, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:24 am
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Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:14 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards


Both were deserving Brees and Rodgers but numbers asside, Rogers had  the better season. Very efficient. Can't wait to see if he build off of this season

You are right on point with so few words.

The only thing I would add is that both Rogers and Brees and great guys on and off the field. Suggs is also considered to be a pretty good guy as well.    

Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:57 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

your an idiot.  another stupid cowgirld fan.
someday dallas will understand football. 

Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:53 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

A real close call on the MVP this year.  However, they got this one wrong as Brees and Brady are more Valuable to their teams than Rogers.    The Saints and Pats would look like the Colts without Manning.  The Packers didn't miss a beat with Flynn.  That was the answer in this vote and obviously many missed it.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 10:41 am

Rodgers wins MVP, Brees and Suggs get POY Awards

They are different awards.  The MVP might focus more on leadership and a POY might rely more on stats.  But there are some voters who split their votes simply because they'd rather see two players get awards than one person to win both.  Having said that, Rogers better fits MVP and Brees better fits POY and I am happy to see both honored for their repsective achivements.

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